Adding an alternate email address or mobile number to your account

Make it easier to recover your account in the event of a lost password or account compromise.


  1. Sign in on your Account Information page.
  2. Under "Sign-In and Security", select Update Password-Reset Info.
  3. Locate "Email Addresses" or "Phone Numbers" and select Add Another.
  4. Enter the new email address or phone number.
  5. Click Save and Done.

Benefits of adding an alternate email address or mobile number

  • We can reset your password easily: If you forget your password or your account is compromised, a "reset password" link can be sent to your alternate email address, or an SMS message to your mobile number.
  • We can communicate with you: If we need to communicate with you regarding updates to Yahoo and changes to your account, like password changes.

Changing your primary alternate email address

  1. Sign in on your Account Information page.
  2. Under "Contact Information," click Change next to the Primary Yahoo email address.
  3. Select the email address you'd like to make your primary email address.
  4. Click Save.

Take a moment to verify your alternate email address or mobile number to make it easier for us to contact you in the future.


  • If an email address/mobile number is marked as "unverified" in your Account Info page, you still need to respond to the verification email Yahoo sent to that email address, or to the SMS message sent to your mobile phone.
  • If you're not receiving your verification code via email or SMS message, you may need to check some troubleshooting options.
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